IDF’s newest Blue Circle Champion is celebrity chef Charles Mattocks. Nephew of Bob Marley and commonly known by his TV persona- the Poor Chef, Charles is on a mission to bring diabetes awareness to those who need it most. Read more about what being a champion means to him.
I am Charles Mattocks. I am a son, a father, a businessman and first and foremost a lover of God, without whom none of those titles, would have been possible. I also have diabetes. I believe God places within each of us a way to make a difference in this world. For a while I thought I was living out His plan for me by being a TV chef, writing cookbooks, developing and marketing sauces, and traveling the country to educate people about healthy and affordable meals. I didn't find my true mission until I was diagnosed with diabetes.
I always knew I wanted to be like my uncle, late reggae legend Bob Marley. I wanted to do my part to help make the world a better place. I had no idea it would take a disease that has taken the lives of millions for me to find the road I was to follow to make that difference. My life now revolves around educating and inspiring people so that they can lead healthier lives. I want to help the overwhelmingly high number of people already diagnosed and to help prevent the statistics from rising. There is a face behind each number.
One of my goals is to be the face of the diabetes community. Every day I utilize the media from print to web to broadcast to help us increase awareness and to move forward. For two years we have been faithful and have fought hard to prove we are here to stay. We have not been alone in this good fight. We have an amazing team that also believes in what we do and works tirelessly to promote this cause. We have met people from around the world who have dedicated their lives to helping others with diabetes.
When we are young we think we can do anything, we think we are invincible. I want to reach young people to help them understand they can change the world but first they must take care of their health. I wish I had heard this message when I was young. Body, mind, spirit: The three most important parts of being successful. Our future leaders need to know that. They need to live that. We need to teach that.
Being recognized as a “Blue Circle Champion” is my Emmy, my Oscar, my Grammy. It lets me know our work is recognized as making a difference in this fight against diabetes. I hope to achieve and surpass any goals set in this journey. I hope to one day see people with diabetes together and unified and using each breath to help the IDF touch the lives of all those that need someone to help fight with and for them. I hope that we can stop this disease and i hope to see all children growing up in a world without diabetes. I pray. I hope. I work.